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PCB making in the UK?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Texy, Feb 22, 2004.

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  1. Texy

    Texy Guest

    Is there a source of a pcb making 'kit' in the UK?
    Or any recommended UK based sites giving info?

  2. Gareth

    Gareth Guest

    Maplin sell things like that:

    If the link below doesn't work go to the "Cables and Components" section
    then "PCB & Circuit Development" subsection & Circuit Development

    There are companies that will make PCBs for you if you supply the data
    in a suitable electronic format, have a look at:

    Only 49 Euros for a double sided PCB with plated through holes. I have
    used this company and their PCBs are certainly a lot better than you can
    make with a Maplin kit.

  3. Ian Bell

    Ian Bell Guest

    Do you want home stuff for a few prototypes or production kit?

    For home stuff I think Maplin may have what you need.

  4. Texy

    Texy Guest

    I have looked at maplins - there 'kit' was around 60 odd quid - a lot
    more than I wanted to pay. They do sell a 'students' version for £18
    That might get me off to a start.
    Is there a recommended website to show you how to do it?
    What has confused me is that there seems to be two approaches to it -
    one using UV lamps, and the other not (and therfore different
    chemicals to use).

  5. Texy

    Texy Guest

    Ok - I also found who sell loads of stuff at reasonable prices.

    Now to look for a website to show me how to do it!
  6. Ian Bell

    Ian Bell Guest

    I don't think you will find anything much cheaper than that for home use.
    You could always use veroboard instead.
    AFAIK the etching chemicals are the same. theonly difference between
    prototype processes is that the UV exposure method needs to developed and
    fixed like a film before etching whereas if you use a Dalo pin staight on
    the bare copper you don't.

    This site has details of the UV process.

  7. Bob Masta

    Bob Masta Guest

    For instructions on how to make simple direct-drawn
    (Sharpie felt-tip marker) circuits etched with ferric
    chloride, including tips on adjusting etchant concentration
    and drilling, you might want to check out

    Hope this helps!

    Bob Masta

    D A Q A R T A
    Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
  8. Gareth

    Gareth Guest

    One way to make PCBs would be to just draw the tracks on a copper clad
    board with an etch resistant pen then put the board in ferric chloride
    solution until the copper you don't want has gone. Then remove the PCB
    and clean it.

    If you use this method then you only need:

    etch resistant pen
    ferric chloride
    copper clad board
    plastic tray
    rubber gloves
    very fine abrasive cleaner

    You can by the pen, ferric chloride crystals and cleaner from Maplin,
    probably for a lot less than 60 quid. I think that is what the student
    kit consists of.

    Instead of a pen you can use etch resistant transfers, I think this is
    what the expensive kit consists of.

    If you use a UV light box the etching process will be the same, but
    instead of drawing the tracks on with a pen or transfers you use a photo
    sensitive etch resist which is exposed to UV through a transparent
    plastic film on which there is a 1:1 print of your artwork. You also
    need to develop the etch resist so an extra chemical process is required.

    UV light boxes appear to be over 100 quid which is probably beyond your
    budget. I have heard of people using sunlight instead of a UV box but I
    have no idea how well that works.


  9. Try this:

  10. Forth time I post this reply. Hope it comes through this time.

    Try this:

  11. Texy

    Texy Guest

    Well it got through 3 times!
    Thanks petrus

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